The Queadol Magdomilla-Whouva was better known as the nose section of the Queadol Magdomilla Task Force Command Ship. Given that the two sections nearly always operated together however, the Magdomilla name was used in common speech for the combined ship, as it will be in these writings where appropriate.
Externally, the Quaedol Magdomilla-Whouva is one of the most 'bumpy' Zentraedi Legion's ships, with a very elongated nose an a huge bulging superstructure towards the rear. The aft end is composed almost entirely out of engine clusters, with three fusion-plasma engines for space flight and numerous secondary plasma-shock engines for additional atmospheric thrust. Several secondary engines are mounted in streamlined clusters on top of the other engines; these give the ship the appearance of having fins. A mecha release hatch is located in the bottom. Four sensor aerials are mounted on top and a another cluster is under the nose. The forward hull of the class is more heavily armoured than other Zentraedi ships as one of the designed missions was 'hot landing zone insertion', in which the ships could expect to encounter voluminous enemy fire.
Technology and Combat CharaccteristicsEdit
Internally, there are seven deck levels. The command spaces and crew quarters are mounted in the 'hump', the service and mecha hangarage in the hull proper. The forward spike houses turret machinery and the high-resolution sensor arrays of the Queadol Magdomilla-Luhoutzs. All mecha launch through the same hatch, in the bottom. While this is not desirable when action damage to the hangar is considered, the installation does allow for a concentrated combat drop by the infantry. The Gnerl fighters also launch through this hatch from the Magdomilla-Whouva. When the Magdomilla-Whouva and the Magdomilla-Luhoutzs are coupled, combat launches by Magdomilla-Whouva mecha are often made from the Magdomilla-Luhoutzs section.
The armament of the Magdomilla-Whouva was at the same time heavy and underpowered. The heavy guns of the Queadol combination, four heavy anti-ship cannons, are mounted directly behind the prow, but the small size of the ship and hence of the generators severely limits the available power capacity and thus the rate of fire. The Magdomilla-Whouva has between 20% and 25% the normal rate of fire for these weapons, if the ships are disconnected. When connected, the generators of the Queadol Magdomilla-Luhoutzs will add their power to that generated by the Magdomilla-Whouva and allow a normal firing rate. Although the vessel does mount the standard Zentraedi medium cannons and defensive missiles, there are no heavy torpedo tubes, as these are all mounted on the Queadol Magdomilla-Luhoutzs.
The Queadol Magdomilla concept was devised as an efficient means of building a task force command and amphibious assault command ship in one. The solution to built two ships, one with the means to carry out assault landings and command duties and one to haul the large engines, mecha complement, fold drive and other equipment that were not required for the assault task, was at first considered a high risk, but as the first series of ships proved itself in service, the critics were silenced, and massive production efforts began.
Due to the position on the bow of combat vessels, and its assault taskings during landings, the Magdomilla-Whouva class suffered heavier losses than its larger sister, the Magdomilla-Luhoutzs. Therefore, production of the former outstripped that of the later. The Magdomilla-Whouva was very effective as a landing command and/or assault vessel, and was therefore one of the first classes to be refitted with the modern Quaedluun-Rau power armours. In combat, the Magdomilla-Whouva often air-dropped its infantry right after the initial bombardment, using its heavy construction and defensive armament to smash through any remaining defenses. With an initial landing zone secured, the more vulnerable Zentraedi ships and auxiliaries could begin ferrying troops and supplies. This gave the Zentraedi forces a credible 'hot-zone' insertion tactic; the vulnerability of the other craft limited them mostly to dropship-delivered troops at a point a safe distance from the defended target. However, care still had to be taken that the Magdomilla-Whouva was not employed against an enemy position without orbital softening up first, or worse, alone against another ship. The armament might have been impressive on paper, but in reality the Magdomilla-Whouva was a sitting duck, slow and lacking a solid punch against these targets. It took the Magdomilla-Luhoutzs section to achieve an acceptable (even favourable) vessel against such threats.
As with the majority of the Zentraedi, this class was mostly destroyed in the Solar System during and after the Zentraedi Holocaust.